Sunday, November 16, 2014

BJ's Brewing 15th Annual Grand Cru Beer

If you frequent BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse around the holiday season, then you are probably familiar with BJ’s Grand Cru and are looking forward to its return this season. While you wait, here’s the story behind this sensational Belgian Style Pale Strong Ale that we have all come to crave, savor and love.

Back in 1999, we decided that we wanted to create a very special brew to celebrate the new millennium. In the Belgian tradition of brewing, the term “Grand Cru” is reserved for the strongest, spiced ale that a brewer produces. In other words, the term “Grand Cru” signifies the most masterful brew. And to celebrate such a big event like crossing into the 21st century from the 20th, it just made sense that we produce our best, that we give guests our best- BJ’s Annual Grand Cru.

Setting out to brew a best-in-class golden ale, we used a special Belgian yeast strain in the brewing process. Belgian yeast strains produce a lot of flavors during fermentation – fruity flavor compounds called esters or spicy flavor compounds called phenols. The Belgian yeast we brew with produces a good amount of both esters and phenols. In addition to this special Belgian yeast strain, we also spice the beer with bitter orange peel and coriander to contribute even more fruit and spice notes. All of these factors make for a layered beer, full of complexity and flavor.

For the first 10 years after Grand Cru’s creation, we would tweak the recipe every year. About 5 years ago, however, we decided not to mess with the perfection and we went back to producing the original recipe for all of our restaurants. It was this recipe that went on to win medals at both the World Beer Cup and GABF, and it is this recipe that has come to be beloved by our guests.

Although BJ’s Grand Cru was originally created to celebrate the New Year, it is the perfect complement to any holiday celebration. Which is why we have moved its release date up to Tuesday, November 11th, in advance of Thanksgiving. It’s an innocent looking beer with its golden hue and magnificent, creamy head, but it packs a punch at 10% ABV. It pairs perfectly with pretty much all the sweet and savory hearty foods that we love to indulge in around the holidays, including your Thanksgiving dinner.

We can hardly wait till our first sip of this year’s batch of BJ’s Grand Cru! Again, it’s tapping on November 11th at all BJ’s Restaurants & Brewhouse locations.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014 Holiday Ale Fest Beer List

Brewers announced, tickets on sale for 
Holiday Ale Festival
19th annual event offers one of the nation’s finest gatherings of winter beers

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oct. 28, 2014 – Tickets are now on sale for the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival, taking place Dec. 3 through Dec. 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown Portland. The popular event will feature 53 big, bold ales in the main festival, plus another two dozen rare, vintage and specialty beers that will be tapped at various times throughout the event — including a vintage draft J. W. Lees 2009 Harvest Ale barleywine to be tapped at the start of the event.

This year’s participating breweries are 10 Barrel, 13 Virtues, 2 Towns, Alameda, Baerlic, Base Camp, Bear Republic, Burnside, Cascade, Coalition, Deluxe, Deschutes, Dick's, Dogfish Head, Drakes, Eel River, Elysian, Ex Novo, Fearless, Feckin, Finnriver, Fort George, Gigantic, Gilgamesh, Golden Valley, Hopworks, Kells, Lagunitas, Lompoc, Mazama, McMenamins Edgefield, Migration, Natian, Nectar Creek Honeywine, New Belgium, Ninkasi, No-Li, Oakshire, Old Town, Payette, Portland, Rock Bottom, Rogue, Rusty Truck, Santiam, Seven Brides, Sixpoint, Slanted Rock, Stickmen, Stone, Vertigo, Viking Braggot and Widmer. (For a complete list of beers, visit; a list is also pasted in below.)

What makes this festival standout from other similar events is the beer selection: the festival works with every brewery involved to make sure they send a beer that has either been made or blended specifically for the event, or is a rare or vintage beer that isn't commonly tapped in the state, underscoring the event's reputation as one of finest gathering of winter beers anywhere in the nation. These top tier breweries are supported by some of the nation’s most passionate beer appreciators who have the good fortune to be able to celebrate all their favorite breweries in one location.

A small sample of the lineup includes Cascade Brewing’s Gingersnaps, a NW style sour blend of red, spiced red and spiced quad ales aged in Bourbon and rum barrels for up to two years on spices; Eel River’s Gargantua II, an imperial strong ale aged on Bourbon vanilla beans and blended with a strong ale aged in Jack Daniels barrels for six months; Dogfish Head’s Rasion d’Etre, a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with beet sugar, raisins and Belgian-style yeast that is rarely seen in the Northwest; and Stone Brewing Liberty Station’s New Desecrator, a black barleywine with nearly the same profile as Stone Old Guardian, but surrounded by de-husked darkness.

Beer alternatives include two ciders: 2 Towns Bourbon Barrel Aged Nice & Naughty, a specialty cider fermented with dark meadowfoam honey and aged in Bourbon barrels with spices; and Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, a Bourbon barrel aged plum and peach cider. There is also a Triple Brett barrel aged sour session mead from Nectar Creek Honeywine, and Aurora Amber Braggot from Viking Braggot Co, with juniper berries, spruce tips and local blackberry honey.

To enter and consume beer, the purchase of an entry package is required. Advance ticket packages are available now through 11:00am PST on Dec. 3 at; advance general admission tickets cost $35 and include the tasting mug, 14 taster tickets and express entry all five days. Advance VIP tickets cost $80 and include the tasting mug, 30 taster tickets, bottled water, access to VIP lines (including special tappings), VIP only vintage bottles and/or draft, and express entry all five days. (Express re-entry requires a wristband and the 2014 mug, and is subject to the festival's capacity.) Door prices are the same, but do not allow for expedited entry.

A full mug of beer costs four taster tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Certain limited release and special tappings may not be available in full mug pours, or may cost double tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $1 apiece. Previous years’ mugs will not be filled.

Designated drivers in a party of two or more may purchase a designated driver wristband for $10, which includes Crater Lake Root Beer or bottled water for the duration of the stay (DDs are not allowed to consume alcohol).

Holiday Festival hours are 11am to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday. To avoid the lengthy lines that often accompany beer festivals, the recommended days for attendance are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. The Holiday Ale Festival is for ages 21 and over.

Attendees stay warm and dry under clear-topped tents that cover the venue. Gas heaters create a cozy ambiance beneath the boughs of the region's largest decorated Christmas tree. In addition to beer tasting, the festival also features meet the brewer events, a root beer garden, food vendors, beer pairings with cheese, event merchandise and a coat and bag check that raises funds for the Children's Cancer Association. For more information, visit

10 Barrel Brewing Co., TBA, Double Black Ale with Black Licorice
13 Virtues Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged MAX Stout, Imperial Stout
2 Towns Ciderhouse, Bourbon Barrel Nice & Naughty, Cider
Alameda Brewing Co., Admiration IPA, American IPA
Baerlic Brewing Company, The Great Bear, NW Red Ale aged on Beechwood
Base Camp Brewing Company, Dunkelrauch Weizenbock, Imperial Grätzer
Bear Republic Brewing, Do You Want to Build A Snowman?, Golden Barrel Aged Blend
Burnside Brewing, Jingleberry, Imperial Stout aged on Fresh Cranberries
Cascade Brewing, Gingersnaps, NW Style Sour Strong Ale
Coalition Brewing, Big Maple, Imperial Maple Porter
Deluxe Brewing Company, Dunkel the Halls...With Beer & Jolly, Dunkel Bock
Deschutes Brewery, Scarlet Flame IRA, India Red Ale
Dick's Brewing Company, Black Friday Stout, Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Dogfish Head Raison d'Etre, Belgian-style Brown Ale
Drake's Brewing Co., Jolly Rodger 2014, Imperial Coffee Stout
Eel River Brewing, Gargantua II, Whiskey Barrel Vanilla Imperial Strong Ale Blend
Elysian Brewing Company, Knock on Nelson, IPA with Nelson Sauvin
Ex Novo Brewing Co., TBD, Mexican Chocolate Baltic Porter
Fearless Brewing Company, Ichabod, Pumpkin Ale, Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Feckin Brewery, Top O' The Feckin' Mornin', Imperial Espresso Milk Porter
Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Finnriver Stone & Pome Cider, Barrel Aged Plum and Peach Cider
Fort George Brewery and Public House, Santa's Dinner Jacket, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Red Ale
Gigantic Brewing, Red Rider BB Gun, Saison with Cranberries
Gilgamesh Brewing, Eastside Bandit, Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter
Golden Valley Brewery, Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Tannen Boom, Barrel-Aged Belgian-Style Strong Ale
Hopworks Urban Brewery, The Incredible Abominable of the Enchanted Barrel Forest, Barrel Aged Imperial Winter Ale
Kells Brew Pub, MIC Stout AKA Boom Roaster, Milk Imperial Coffee Stout
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Scare City, Wheatwine
Lompoc Brewing, Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Cheval de Trait Belge, Belgian Strong Ale
Mazama Brewing Co., Noel Rouge, Imperial Wit
McMenamins Edgefield Brewery, Lord of Misrule, Rum Barrel Aged Habanero
Migration Brewing, Frankie Claus, Belgian Imperial Stout
Natian Brewery, Irish Water, Imperial Golden Ale
Nectar Creek Mead, Triple Brett, Barrel Aged Sour Session Mead
New Belgium Brewing Company, La Folie, Sour Brown Ale
Ninkasi Brewing Co, Doppelbock, Doppelbock
No-Li Brewhouse, Whiskey Barrel Aged Winter Warmer, Winter Warmer
Oakshire Brewing, Prestidigitation, White Chocolate Milk Stout
Old Town Brewing Company, Bluth's Original Chocolate Banana Hefeweizen, Chocolate Bavarian-style Hefeweizen
Payette Brewing Company, Bandito, IPA with Agave and Tequila Soaked Oak Chips
Portland Brewing, 2014 Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cherry Stout with Coffee
Rock Bottom, Yul Brynner, Santo Poco style Strong Ale
Rogue Ales, BIG ASS BARREL Maple Doppelbock, German Style Doppelbock
Rusty Truck Brewing Co, Santaweizen, Weizenbock
Santiam Brewing, Golden Sultan, Belgian Golden Strong
Seven Brides Brewing, The 503, Barleywine
Sixpoint Brewery, Lump of Coal Porter, Robust Porter
Slanted Rock Brewing Company, Cordial Tease, Spiced Winter Ale
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery, Big Chocolate Banana, Dunkelweizen
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, New Desecrator, Black Barley Wine
Vertigo Brewery and Taproom, Busted Head Red, Imperial Red Ale
Viking Braggot Company, Aurora, NW Amber Braggot
Widmer Brothers Brewing, Frosty The Munchieman, Porter

Monday, October 20, 2014

Interview Series : Meet the Geek : Jon Abernathy

We first Jon a few years back at the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland, and we've managed to stay in touch since then. Jon has a new book called Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon available now, and we decided it was time for all of us to get to know him a little better. #pdxbeergeeks, meet Jon! 

Fat Head's Brewery in Portland to Finally Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Portland, Oregon -- (October 20, 2014) -- In a town that covets craft beer and great food, a new brewpub is about to take up residence in the heart of Brewtown. Fat Head's Brewery will open the doors to their much anticipated entrance into the Pacific Northwest on Monday, November 3rd, bringing their award-winning arsenal of craft beers to The Pearl District in downtown Portland.

Fresh off their Gold Medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival (Alpenglow Weizenbock, German-Style Wheat Ale), an all-star crew from the Midwest will man the brewhouse in Portland. Head Hunter IPA™, a perennial winner at events ranging from The Bistro West Coast IPA Festival and National IPA Challenge to the GABF and World Beer Cup will be the cornerstone of the beer lineup, in addition to Bumble Berry Honey Blueberry Ale™ which was voted Most Refreshing Beer in America by Brewing News Magazine. Head Brewmaster Matt Cole had a hand in engineering the brewhouse system, which has a manageable structure designed to keep the beer fresh, with only a 10 barrel brewery but 13 fermentors and 12 bright tanks, giving him the flexibility to create a lot of different styles. Cole also notes that there will be a heavy focus on indigenous ingredients, so the Portland location will experience some completely different brews than their Cleveland counterpart, for example Zoobomb Dortmunder is in the works -- named after the weekly downhill bike ride. Patrons can expect 42 rotating beers on tap, from Fat Head's and other guest breweries across Oregon and all over the world.

Showcasing fresh, local ingredients in over-the-top pub grub, the food menu is anchored with Fat Head's signature munchies, burgers, pizza and Headwiches™-- sandwiches relatively close to the size of your head -- as well as specialties specific to the Portland location. Start with a selection of Habañero Hop Pickles, Pulled Pork Chili Fries, and slow smoked, whole Smokehouse Wings dry rubbed or lightly brushed in any one of the 8 house-made sauces. Then enjoy one of the colossal sandwiches like The Fat Italian™, ham, salami, capicola, and pepperoni, crumbled Italian sausage, provolone cheese, hard-boiled egg, banana peppers, lettuce, tomato, red onion and rosemary mayo; or Chick'n Little™, chicken fingers, Original wing sauce, provolone and American cheese, 2 fried eggs, ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, and hot cherry pepper mayo. A tribute to their Pittsburgh origins, The Southside Slopes™ was named to Maxim Magazine's Top 5 Sandwiches in the U.S.A. and features a mountain of kielbasa topped with sautéed pierogis and onions, American cheese and horseradish sauce. If you saved any room for a happy ending, try a house-brewed Root Beer Float with Tillamook Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream and you'll leave fat and happy.

The restaurant seats 278 throughout the bar and dining room, with flexible booth and table seating to accommodate groups. The beautifully arched ceiling and heavily beamed architecture have been preserved and now feature Fat Head's signature logo murals throughout this family-friendly space. An expanse of giant windows along the front and side of the building allow for an abundance of natural light to pour in. The tanks of the brand new brewhouse built locally by JVNW are on display behind the entire back half of the space. Fat Head's unique style resonates throughout the pub from the fretboards adorned with their distinctive branding all the way to the ever-changing beer menu wall above the bar. "We've created an exciting, engaging environment for our customers to enjoy what we do best, indulge in the art of fresh, craft beer," says Cole.

Open seven days a week, Fat Head's Brewery is located in the heart of the Pearl District at 131 NW 13th Ave (at Davis St), Portland, OR 97209. The restaurant opens daily at 11 am. Children's menu upon request. Gluten Free and Vegetarian friendly options. Takeout is also available. Major credit cards are accepted. Call (503) 820-7721 or visit Like Fat Head's Portland on Facebook @fatheadsportland and Twitter @FatHeadsPDX.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brunch Done Feast-Style

Brunch is a big deal in Portland. Why? There are probably a lot of reasons. My theory is a combination of giving us a valid excuse to have alcohol with our first meal of the day and that the restaurants here take brunch seriously, offer a wide array of creative takes on the standards. Whatever the reason, the Feast Portland Tillamook Brunch Village was a true reflection of what brunch means in Portland.

The Bloody Mary is a brunch staple with many places offering a build-your-own bar; the one at Feast was the granddaddy of them all and my first stop.

For the cocktail-leaning crowd, there were plenty of mimosa-style options, including frozen drinks, a light gin fizz, a refreshing apple/whiskey combination and a beer-mosa from Widmer.

Not to be left out, for the straight up, "I'll have a beer" crowd, The Commons, Ninkasi, Fort George, Deschutes and the aforementioned Widmer, were pouring a variety of hop juices to please any palate. Taking the opportunity to try sips and bites together I found The Commons Brewery's flagship, Urban Farmhouse Ale, and Tails and Trotters' plate of bacon, ham and sausage to be a match made in heaven.

Another winner in my personal beer and food pairing game was Fort George's Cavatica Stout with a mildly sweet crepe topped with cherry sauce from The Baldwin Saloon (The Dalles). It was one of only two sweet offerings I enjoyed with the other being the more-than-the sum-of-its-parts waffle served up by Charm City Cakes West and Duff Goldman himself.

Like most of my brunch outings, I rolled out of the door happily stuffed with all the treats, liquid and solid, I could manage.

Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Today I Feast-ed

Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard that there is this "little" thing called Feast Portland going on. It kicked off last night with the Sandwich Invitational and there are many, many events happening this weekend. The largest and easiest on the pocketbook (if anyone actually has a pocketbook I want to see it) is the Grand Bounty, which I checked it out today. It was my first time (woo-hoo, I'm no longer a Feast virgin!!) and while I was pretty sure I wouldn't be disappointed I didn't really know what to expect.

What I found out was that it was a lot like beer festivals in the Midwest - pay your entry fee and then drink (and in this case eat, too) until you're heart's content (or until you're simply filled to the gills) all in the comfort of a 21+ crowd. Like beer festivals in general, there are fewer people in the beginning and a few hours in you start to notice there are now a lot of people. Unlike beer festivals there is also a demonstration stage as well as wine and the aforementioned food. In case you're still not convinced, here's a little food p0rn for ya.
There was the sweet
There was the salty

There was the meaty

There was the cheesy

Of course we can't forget the beery

And then there were my favorites - one sweet and one savory. We'll start with the sweet because as adults we should have dessert first if we want it. From Petunia's Pies & Pastries came the most wonderful two-bite Cookie Monster Babycakes. With cookie dough baked inside and adorning the frosting these were simply amazing. The only thing that could, and did, make them better was to have them with Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout.

The savory one that so won my heart and taste buds was line-caught salmon escabeche with organic heirloom tomato relish and micro arugula from the Elements Tapas Bar in Medford where Mike Hite is the chef. I forgot how many times I went back for more but it was enough for one of the guys working the table to take notice and jokingly comment that I was back "again."

Today I feasted, I suggest you make plans to do the same tomorrow.

Saturday Oregon Bounty Grand Tasting Presented by Alaska Airlines
Saturday, September 20th
12:00 - 5:00 pm
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Tickets: $60

Guest post from beer geek and blogger Kris McDowell. If you're so inclined, check out her blog, find her on Twitter or see what she's been eating and drinking on Instagram.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Culinary Adventure of Feast Portland 2014

 Inspiration at every event.

The incredible weekend of food and drink known as Feast is almost upon us! Feast, sponsored by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of culinary delight showcasing some of the finest food and beverage Oregon has to offer. Feast also brings awareness, and raises much needed funds by donating all net proceeds towards ending childhood hunger in Oregon and around the country. In it's first two years, Feast has raised over $99,000 for both No Kid Hungry, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Kudos to the founders Mike Thelin and Carrie Welch for helping ensure our future generations are fed.

Despite most of the hands-on classes being sold out, there is still room available at most of the signature events. One of the events we are most looking forward to this year is the Widmer Brother’s Brewing Sandwich Invitational presented by Dave’s Killer Bread. How could you not love the search for the ultimate sandwich!


Hugh Acheson, Empire State South (Atlanta, GA)
Dustin Clark, The Oddfellow Social (Portland, OR)
Chris Cosentino, Cockscomb (San Francisco, CA)
Scott Dolich, The Bent Brick (Portland, OR)
Rick Gencarelli, Lardo (Portland, OR)
Tommy Habetz and Nick Wood, Bunk Sandwiches (Portland, OR)
Derek Hanson, Broder Nord (Portland, OR)
Eric Joppie, Bar Avignon (Portland, OR)
Paul Kahan, Avec (Chicago, IL)
Stephanie Pearl Kimmel, Marché (Eugene, OR)
Tyler Malek, Salt & Straw (Portland, OR)
Matt McCallister, FT33 (Dallas, TX)
Bonnie Morales, Kachka (Portland, OR)
Cathy Whims, Nostrana (Portland, OR)

Widmer Brothers Brewing, (Portland, OR)

Columbia Crest Grand Estates, (Patterson, WA)
Columbia Winery, (Woodinville, WA)
Erath, (Dundee, OR)
Hawks View Cellars, (Sherwood, OR)
Northstar, (Walla Walla, WA)
Union Wine Co., (Sherwood, OR)

Reyka Vodka, (Borgarnes, Iceland)

WHEN - Thursday, September 18TH 6:00PM - 9:00PM
WHERE - Director Park
TICKETS - $95/ All inclusive

Hopefully we see you all there!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Doctor Who Premier With Bridgetown Beerhouse

With the Doctor Who premier coming up this weekend and not having cable, we were wondering how to watch it with like minded friends. We threw the idea out to one of our favorite haunts, and they said "Sure, what the hell!"

Please join us on Saturday for the premier of the 12th Doctor! 

When: Saturday 8/23/14 7-9pm
Where: Bridgetown Beerhouse
915 N Shaver St
Portland, Oregon 97227

Feel free to dress in costume. Best dressed will win a free #pdxbeergeeks t-shirt! Seating is super limited, so show up early. Cheers!

Event page

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Oregon Brewers Festival 2014

At 27 years running, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the oldest and best-loved craft beer festivals in the world. With a laid back attitude and scores of craft beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of
Portland, and is the crowning jewel of Oregon Craft Beer Month.

Looking over the beer list for this year, here are some of the breweries we have to try! Complete list can be seen here

Ashtown Brewing Co - Blackberry IPA
Cigar City Brewing - Blood Orange/Dragon Fruit Florida Weisse
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Dogfish Head Oak Aged Strong Ale
Dunedin Brewery - White IPA w/ Hibiscus Flowers
Gilgamesh Brewing - Radtke Radler
GoodLife Brewing Co - Coffee Blonde
Heathen Brewery - Megadank Hop Centric IPA
McMenamins Concordia Brewery - Double Helix Double IPA
Omission Beer Co - Grapefruit Shandy Session IPA
Payette Brewing Co - Blood Orange IPA
Sixpoint Craft Ales - Barrel Aged 3Beans

And of course THE SPECIALTY TENT featuring some of the finest Europe has to offer! 

The details...

Event Name
27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival

Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon
Main entrance at S.W. Oak Street and Naito Parkway

July 23 - 27, 2014 — "Always the last full weekend in July"
Wed through Sat, taps are open from Noon to 9pm
Sun, taps are open from Noon to 7pm
Token & glass sales close one-half hour prior to the taps shutting off (8:30pm daily, except 6:30pm Sunday)
The OBF is NOT a ticketed event, admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2014 souvenir tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full 12.8oz glass of beer, or one token for a 3oz. taste. Glasses and tokens are pre-sold up to two weeks prior to the festival at select local locations, including Raccoon Lodge & Brew Pub, Cascade Brewing Barrel House, Belmont Station, Deschutes in the Pearl, Rogue Ales Public House and the Green Dragon. The festival is cash only, and there are 8 ATMs on-site.

Monday, June 9, 2014

2014 Rye Beer Fest Taplist Announced

Rye Beer Fest Tap List Announced
A Benefit For Dawn To Dusk & The Children’s 
Cancer Association

Portland, Ore. -- Taplister announces the third annual Rye Beer Fest complete tap list of 22 beers.

Melvin Brewing/Thai Me Up ~ Johnny Ryeale IPA
Burnside Brewing Company ~ Spring Rye with coriander ~ Roggenbier
Deschutes Brewery ~ Bourbon and Rye ~ Rye Ale
Widmer Brothers Collaborator ~ Red Molly Rye Lager
Crooked Fence Brewing Company ~ Risen Rye Stout
Oakshire Brewing ~ Line Dry Pale Ale
Stone Brewing ~ Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch
Old Town Brewing Company ~ TBD
Humble Brewing ~ Comet Rye'd Farmhouse Saison
Vagabond Brewing ~ All Rye, All Rye, All Rye IPA
Hopworks Urban Brewery ~ Rye-heitsgabot Berliner Weiss
Elysian Brewing Company ~ The Same Mistake Rye IPA
Occidental Brewing Company ~ Roggenweizen
Ale Industries ~ Rye'd Piper Red Ale
Breakside Brewery ~ Brett Rye IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company ~ Wooky Jack Black IPA
Stickmen Brewery & Skewery ~ One Rye Bitch Barley Wine
Agrarian Ales ~ Coalescense Saison
Base Camp Brewing Company ~ Ripstop Rye Pilsner
Snipes Mountain Brewing ~ NW Crossing American IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ American Rye Double IPA
Alameda Brewing Company ~ Easy Ryeder Mosaic ISA

About the fest:
The Rye Beer Fest, a celebration of the revival of rye beers, will be held at EastBurn (1800 E. Burnside. Portland, Ore.) during Portland Beer Week. The fest will take place on Friday June 13th, from 4pm-2am with no entry fee and live music starting at 10pm. Partial proceeds from the sale of beer will be donated to
the Dawn to Dusk paddle fund for the Children’s Cancer Association.

In addition to rye beers, there will be rye cocktails and rye themed food. The pricing for the beer is $2 for a 5oz sample and pints start at $5. The price of cocktails and DJ Rhienna starts in the downstairs Tap Room at 9pm Buddy Jay’s Jamaican Jazz Band has replaced Unsafe Dartz at 10pm upstairs.

To keep up with the latest news regarding the Rye Beer Fest check out out

About Dawn To Dusk:
Dawn to Dusk is an endurance paddling event where paddlers do laps for 12 hours around Ross Island in downtown Portland to raise money for the Children's Cancer Association. Last year Bridge City Paddling Club raised more than $43,000 for this great organization. Bridge City Paddling Club is a non-profit organization, dedicated to both community service and competition.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

2014 North American Organic Brewers Festival

North American Organic Brewers Festival celebrates 10th
year of drinking organic, saving the planet
Eco-conscience beer festival will serve up 60 organic beers and ciders 

PORTLAND, ORE – More than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living will come together at the North American Organic Brewers Festival (NAOBF) the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” The 10th annual event will take place June 26 through June 29 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free. The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost extra tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from three-dozen different breweries. Many of the breweries brew a one-off batch just for the event; styles run the gamut from goldens and Belgians to porters and stouts, with a bit of everything in-between. There's also live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits. The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. The Chipotle Kids’ Zone will offer free activity books, grow pots and Chipotle kids’ meal cards, plus face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers.

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars. Last year’s event recycled and composted 92% of the total waste, marking the second year in a row that more than 90% of the event’s waste was diverted from the landfill.
The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line “Overlook Park” Station is directly across from the festival. Attendess can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers from Rotary Club of Portland-Westside’s Cycling 2 Serve Fellowship will watch over bikes for free (donations will benefit Rotary International’s “End Polio Now” efforts to eradicate polio worldwide).

Why an organic beer festival? Studies show that the world's population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth's ecosystems can replenish. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country's rivers and streams. Genetically modified ingredients can be found in nearly every grocery store. The NAOBF believes that education and exposure lead to awareness, and awareness can translate to passion. If everyone becomes passionate about sustainability, as a whole we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to inhabit. For more information visit

Overlook Park
1301 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227
(intersection of N Fremont St & N Interstate Ave)

June 26 – June 29, 2014

Noon to 9 pm Thurs - Sat
Noon to 5 pm Sun
Contact Information

Friday, June 6, 2014

#pdxbeerweek Give Away!

In celebration of the return of Portland Brewing and PDX Beer Week, we are hosting a give away! Up for grabs we have a beautiful ceramic growler. We will run the contest from now until the midnight PST June 13th. There are some other rules of course. 

  1. Must be over 21 to enter
  2. Be able to meet up at a local Portland watering hole to receive. (We love you all, but aren't willing to pay for shipping.)
  3. Post a comment below of one of your favorite classic Portland Brewing beers.
  4. You may enter once a day, but may not duplicate your beer choice.
  5. Entries must be placed before midnight PST on 6/13/14.
  6. Have fun, and tell your friends.
Also Portland Brewing is proud to donate a portion of its proceeds of ZigZag River Lager to the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council during Oregon Craft Beer Month this July!

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council Mission Statement:
The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council (SRBWC) works together with landowners, public agencies, and community volunteers to protect and restore the ecological, cultural and historic resources of the 500 square mile Sandy River basin and its tributaries — including Zigzag River — which serve as the water supply for a third of Oregon’s population, anchor habitat for wild salmon, and a year-round recreational Mecca for
metro Portland. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CRAFT Beer Documentary Launches Film Tour in Portland April 3

Be the first to experience a beertastic voyage to the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution

PORTLAND, Ore. – CRAFT, the beer documentary from filmmaker and Cicerone Craig Noble, kicks off a multi-city film tour Thursday, April 3 7:00 pm at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

The latest film from Craig Noble follows him on a coast to coast journey that includes an apprenticeship at a farm brewery, beer schooling in Vermont that lead to Cicerone certification and the development of his farmhouse ale recipe. Inspired by the double digit growth of the craft brewing industry, Noble takes a look at how breweries are taking on the task of maintaining the quality, creativity and integrity expected by thirsty beer connoisseurs.

Noble will be in attendance for the Portland launch, with screenings at 7:00 and 9:15 pm, and doing post-show Q&A sessions. As part of the film’s sensory experience his farmhouse ale, brewed locally at Coalition Brewing, will be available for purchase along with beer from The Commons Brewery, which is featured in the film. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Hollywood Theatre.

Following the Portland premiere, the film will continue the western tour with stops in Denver, Fort Collins, Austin, Oakland and San Diego through the month of April. The eastern tour begins June 4 in New York and wraps up June 26 in Vancouver, BC.

For more information, visit

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Fort George & Suicide Squeeze Records present: Suicide Squeeze IPA

[Astoria, OR] For every beer there is a time, for every season a Fort George collaboration. And this spring, Fort George Brewery and Suicide Squeeze Records have banded together to bring you Suicide Squeeze IPA - a 16-oz venture blending the Northwest’s long love affair with music, art, and craft beer.

Out of the ‘90s Pacific Northwest music scene, Suicide Squeeze Records founder David Dickenson forged his own path with artists like Modest Mouse, Elliott Smith, and Pedro the Lion. Starting with a 7” vinyl from local indie duo 764-Hero, the label has grown to include a diverse range of regional rock bands and international artists. Still, their mission has remained true to those early Northwest musical pioneers – to make something for the pure joy of it.

The can design for Suicide Squeeze IPA fell into the talented hands of Seattle artist Jesse LeDoux. Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse worked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records. There he created iconic album and poster artwork for groups like Death Cab for Cutie, Iron and Wine, and The Shins (for which he earned a Best Recording Package Grammy Nomination for Chutes Too Narrow). In 2004 he started his own design business, LeDouxville, and continues to work on commercial illustration and collaborative projects.

“We don’t make beer for style-guidelines, we just make beer that tastes great,” has always been the motto of Jack Harris. As Fort George Brew Master and co-owner, he has seen the brewery blossom from a small start-up pub to the 10th growing brewery in the country in 2012, as ranked by The New Yorker. Celebrating its 7th anniversary, Fort George continues to think outside the box with unique collaborations, can designs, and beers. But of course, the goal is the same – to make something for the pure enjoyment of it.

Suicide Squeeze IPA is a 4.5% ABV session beer, with all of the hop aroma and flavor you’ve come to expect from a Fort George IPA. Organic two-row barley lays the fastest base, with heaping amounts of Mosaics and a touch of Citra hops. Crisp, floral, and bursting with flavor, Suicide Squeeze IPA is an ode to springtime in the Northwest.

Join Fort George and Suicide Squeeze Records for the can release party at The Beer Junction in West Seattle, Saturday March 15th at 6pm. Meet the craftspeople behind the collaboration, and be the first in Seattle to sample this spring seasonal. Then, grab a pint at these venues and check out the artists brought to you by Suicide Squeeze Records:

This Will Destroy You
March 19th – 8pm
Seattle, WA

The Black Lips with The Coathangers
March 28th – 8pm
Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
Seattle, WA

The Black Lips with The Coathangers
March 29th - 8pm
The Hawthorne Theatre
Portland, OR

Suicide Squeeze Records is also releasing the Fort George 7”, a collection of four classic tracks plus a download code to a music sampler. This amber “beer” colored vinyl with the hypnotic snake logo will be limited to 1,000 copies and feature these Northwest artists:

Modest Mouse – “A Life of Arctic Sounds”
Black Mountain – “Voices”
Elliott Smith – “Division Day”
Minus the Bear – “Pachuca Sunrise (acoustic version)”

Suicide Squeeze IPA is available in 16-oz cans and draft starting March 14th. Fort George beer is distributed throughout Washington, Oregon, and Northern Idaho.

For more information about Suicide Squeeze IPA and a link to the music sampler go to

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How I arrived at my destination: Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Part II

Guest post by Aaron Beaulieu

Once you’re proclaimed a winner by Sierra Nevada they send you a Golden Ticket in the mail, similar to that of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After you arrive in Chico, CA you spend the first night with your group members socializing and drinking late into the early morning. Early next morning you get an all access VIP tour of the amazing Sierra Nevada Brewery. Your VIP tour includes inspection of Sierra Nevada’s bottling/canning line, pedaling across the Sierra Nevada property on a beer bike, examining the science behind Sierra Nevada’s quality consistent beers, tasting beers that have yet to be released or are only available in Chico, CA, and freezing your butt off in a huge freezer full of hops that literally reach the ceiling. These are just some of the perks you’ll enjoy while at Beer Camp. You and your group will also build out your recipe for the beer you’ll brew the next morning.

Sierra Nevada Beer Bike
Since you’re at Beer Camp, the beer flows like water! If Sierra Nevada brewed it, you get to drink it, on the house for free. Your meals are also complimentary as are the Narwhal floats! Once your group has a beer recipe made up and you’ve toured the amazing facility, you and your group get to brew your beer on Sierra Nevada’s pilot brewing system. We milled our grains, added our hops and named our beer; their advanced brewing system the rest. We named our Hoppy Honey Rye Ale, Rye-Way 117. Highway 117 just happens to run through North Carolina, the site of Sierra Nevada’s new brewery, and since we were beer camp group #117 the name just made sense. We used rye and English malts for our grain bill, Chinook and Centennial hops, and 120 pounds of local honey for an added touch of aroma and balance. Look for the release of this beer in the spring of 2014.

Once your beer is ready for distribution, you get to choose a location to tap your beer at to share with your friends and family. Not only do you get to have a public tapping for your beer, but Sierra Nevada will also allow you to buy a 5-gallon keg from them, for which they will ship to you. Being VIP guests, we were also allowed to pack Ziploc bags full of whole coned hops to take home and shop in their gift shop with our employee discounts. These were just a few of the added party favors to remember our Beer Camp experience better. Beer Camp was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. You’ll meet some awesome new brewing and drinking buddies, have some new material to add to your resume, and will always be able to say to your friends and family, “I went to Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp and it was awesome!”

However, before you can do any of this, you need to enter the contest first!


Monday, January 27, 2014

How I arrived at my destination: Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp

Guest post by Aaron Beaulieu.

It all started years ago when my youthful lips first encountered the taste of a delicious craft beer. Fast-forward to 2012 when my brewing partner and friend, John Lovegrove, entered a contest for Sierra Nevada’s Beer camp. John ended up winning a spot and brewed Bloodshot; an Imperial Red Ale that was featured in Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp variety packs this past summer. I had never heard of the Beer Camp competition until John submitted his video. John convinced me to submit my own video, so when the contest rolled around again this year, I decided to give it a shot.

So what is Beer Camp? Beer Camp is similar to most camps e.g. summer camp, space camp, etc., in that you're doing activities related to the camp name, however this camp is setup by the legendary Sierra Nevada Brewing. With the addition of hops, malts, delicious beers, awesome people and Sierra Nevada’s brewery practically at your hands, it’s much better than any other camp out there.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interview Series : Meet the Geeks : Aaron Beaulieu

We've had the pleasure of conversing with Aaron for a while via the Twitters, but when we found out he had earned a chance to go to Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, we decided everyone should learn more about this home brewer. More about Beer Camp this week....

Name: Aaron Beaulieu

Hometown: Clackamas, Oregon

Favorite Beer: Lately, it’s been Deschutes Red Chair NWPA and Walking Man Black Cherry Stout.

Favorite Beer Haunt: Portland U-Brew, Salem Ale Works, and McMenamins

What was the first craft beer you ever tried? What did you think?: I believe it was either a Widmer Hefeweizen or a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Whatever it was, I loved it!

Do you homebrew? If yes, favorite homebrew to date: Yes, I homebrew. My favorite homebrew to date was an Imperial IPA with 2.5 pounds of fruit-accented hops - it turned out great!

How’d you hear about pdxbeergeeks? I started following pdxbeergeeks shortly after opening a Twitter account.

What does being a beer geek mean to you? Loving beer is one thing, but making connections with others who love beer and cherishing the craft is another. Being a beer geek to me is all about being a part of a larger community of beer geeks.

If you could change one thing about beer culture in the U.S. what would it be? I would like to see more consistency in craft beer. There are too many mediocre craft beers in the market that I believe could be much better.

What do you love about Portland’s Craft Beer scene? What is there not to love about the beer scene in Portland? I think we as Oregonians have a lot to be grateful for.

Where can we find you on the web? You can find me on Twitter @Pdx_Bros and on Instagram @aaronbeaulieu. I’m also in the process of building a new site dedicated to my adventures in homebrewing and craft beer. Look for it around the early part of 2014.